UHR 2019



UHR Annual Conference 2019

21-24 May 2019

Transforming Culture: Challenging Times

Manchester, which has as its symbol the industrious and dynamic worker bee, is a fitting location for the 2019 UHR Annual Conference which will focus on HR’s key role in shaping our organisational cultures in responding to current and anticipated sector changes including:  

  • The student funding regime and pressure on increased value for money;
  • Adapting our organisational cultures in response to increased regulation, including the Office for Students, and the changing expectations of other stakeholders;
  • Increasing globalisation, and the impact of Brexit;
  • Sustainable operational models and skill sets in response to digitalisation, the impact of social media and the growing influence of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Enhancing the receptivity and resilience of staff in embracing change, some of which may be unpopular, while ensuring we provide support to our own HR teams;
  • Maintaining trust and staff engagement, in an environment of rising levels of reported stress amongst staff and disaffection with the sector;
  • Ensuring our organisational cultures are truly diverse and inclusive in light of the issues raised by #MeTooWhy is my professor still not black? and Thriving at Work.

The Conference in May 2019 provides a forum for thought leadership and stimulating discussion around these and other issues affecting the culture and success of our organisations. Within the programme of an exciting line up of plenary speakers, workshops, legal sessions, evening social activities as well as a fantastic Gala Dinner and the UHR Awards, there will be ample opportunities for networking with colleagues working in and with the HE sector.



21-24 May 2019


Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Directions to the venue can be found here


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.



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